Join us in celebrating the launch of David Taylor’s third collection of poetry, Palm Up, Palm Down (Wings Press).
Palm Up, Palm Down draws on connections and commitments to home and place—human and nonhuman. Such a topic is not new to poetry; however, this book moves in circles, out and away, then returns home, rediscovering the quiet beyond/within the concept of “home.” The collection moves readers to slow not only their reading but encourages them to slow down the pace of their lives, allowing time to inhabit, listen, and invite in the broad array of neighbors.
David Taylor’s lyrical meditation on walking rhythmically through this world and noticing gleaming details with each footstep offers a reprieve from the blows of city life and the daily injustices on our streets. This book is a refuge. The poems are feather-light with the packed-in wisdom of old river stones. They know the currents. They do not move. What moves is the spirit in the dynamic lines of Taylor’s work. Whether we are circling the lake with the poet, or dancing to Havana’s rhythms, this poetry provides real company, partnership. —Marilyn Kallet, author of The Love That Moves Me
David Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Stony Brook University. His writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres—creative nonfiction, poetry, scholarship and science/technical writing; however, at the core of his work always is the concern for sustainability and community. One of his current projects is “The People’s Art and Modernism: Woody Guthrie, Joseph Campbell and Miguelito Valdés in New York in the 1940s.” Woody Guthrie’s writing (e.g. Bound for Glory) and music, Joseph Campbell’s interest in an ecology of folk mythologies, and the rise of popular Latin, esp. Afrocuban, music, for example, by Miguelito Valdés (or “Mr. Babalu”), function as windows into a time and place that allowed diverse interactions and legacies in the arts that still resonate today. Natural history writing and creative nonfiction include Lawson’s Fork: Headwaters to the Confluence (Hub City Press, 2000), a personal narrative on the history and natural history of Lawson’s Fork, Spartanburg’s local river. He edited an anthology, Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing (UNT Press, 2006). Steve Wolverton and he co-edited and contributed to a collection of essays about an interdisciplinary project on Mesa Verde archaeological sites and their representations to the public, titled Sushi in Cortez: Essays from the Edge of Academia (University of Utah Press, 2015). Taylor is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Praying Up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and The Log from The Sea of Cortez: A Poem Series (Wings Press, 2014).